Romel Manio, Coaching Director 

Coach Ro is entering his 13th consecutive season at EXCEL! This 2021-22 season he will serve as the assistant coach of the 14s National Red team as he continues to be the club's Coaching Director.

Club Coaching History:

2020-21: Assistant Coach, Excel National 14 Red

- NATIONAL Division qualified with one OPEN qualifier remaining

2019-20: Assistant Coach, Excel National 14 Red

- SEASON CANCELLED due to COVID (Top 3 in NTR Region prior to cancellation)

2018-19: Assistant Coach, Excel National 17 Red

- OPEN Division qualified (Show Me NQ)

2017-18: Assistant Coach, Excel National 15 Red

- OPEN Division qualified (Lone Star NQ)

2016-17: Assistant Coach, Excel National 15 Red

- OPEN Division qualified (3rd place, Lone Star NQ)

- OPEN Division qualified (2nd place, Northern Lights NQ)

2015-16: Assistant Coach, Excel 16 National Red

- OPEN Division qualified (Northern Lights NQ)

2014-15: Head Coach, Excel 15 National Rave

- NATIONAL Division qualified (2nd Place, Show Me NQ)

- 5th Place, USAV Nationals

2013-14: Roamer Coach

2012-13: Head Coach, Excel 13 National Ro

- AMERICAN Division qualified (3rd place, Lone Star NQ)

2011-2012: Assistant Coach, Excel 12 National

- Top 10 in NTR Region

2010-2011: Co-Coach, Excel 17 National White

- Top 10 in NTR Region

2009-2010: Head Coach, Excel 15 National White

- AMERICAN Division qualified (1st Place, Lone Star NQ)

Jennifer (JJ) Castillo, Head Coach
 
JJ has been with Excel for four seasons leading our 14 Red team and will be entering her fifth. Both of JJ's seasons have finished with a Regional Championship. In 2018, after winning Regionals, her team was awarded an Open At Large bid. JJ is currently the head coach at McKinney Boyd and will be entering her 5th year. 

JJ competed at Allen High School n her high school playing career before heading to Stephen F. Austin to play collegiately. JJ was both a setter and a hitter who posts a powerful arm. JJ was a four year starter at SFA and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 advancing to the second round with a win over Alabama. She garnered a litany of accolades at SFA including Newcomer of the Year, Setter of the Year (twice), and multiple 1st Team Conference Selections. After completing her eligibility at SFA, she began her coaching career with two seasons at Lamar followed by a season at Tulsa where she met her assistant coach, Tyler Henderson. JJ is the ultimate competitor who finds success where ever she goes. As a well-rounded player, she can train each position equally well and knows how to help kids find success on the court. JJ also focuses on leadership training while developing high expectations for her players.
 
JJ lives in McKinney Texas with her daughter Skylar. 

Lauren Stahlman, Coach

This will be Lauren’s second year of coaching with Excel Volleyball and she is so thrilled to coach for the club that she played at for six years(13-18). Last year Lauren coached 13 regional. It was a joy for Lauren to share her knowledge and love for volleyball with all the girls on her team. She also coached for the 11’s PVA team during the summer, and loved every moment of it.

One of her most memorable moments at Excel was when she was 15 and traveled to Italy to train with the Italian SPES Volleyball Club.  This is definitely a home coming for Lauren.  Volleyball has been in Lauren’s blood since she was 11 years old and joined a team at a local gym with a couple of neighborhood friends. She loved doing gymnastics, was on a dance team and was very successful at English Horseback riding, but gave it all up to play volleyball.  In club Lauren started out as a setter and then at 15, changed to a defensive specialist/libero.  Lauren was a varsity starter at Plano Senior High. In her senior year, Lauren was honored to be voted 'Defensive Player' of the Arlington Invitational tournament, by the coaches and then helped her team get to the state quarterfinals after a second place 6A district finish. Lauren left Plano to attend Lamar University and play volleyball. The highlight of Lauren’s college career was her junior year where she ranked sixth in the Southland Conference in digs per set, appeared in every match, and was second on the team in service aces.   In May of  2017, she graduated Cum Laude from Lamar University.

Lauren can’t wait to be able to share what she has learned and loved about volleyball.

 

 

 

Lauren Young, Assistant Coach

Lauren Young is entering her third season with Excel Volleyball Club. Lauren has established a track record of developing strong relationships with her players while holding them accountable to execute the game plans of her head coaches. She is supportive, engaged, and always working to find ways to contribute. Lauren has experience with both middle school and high school athletes.
 
Lauren competed for Austin Juniors and Westlake High School before graduating and attending Rhodes College in Memphis. She was an Opposite for Rhodes and completed her career graduating with a degree in Business Administration. She now works in Media Planning at a local Ad Agency, Moroch. Lauren is still active in sand volleyball locally and competes alongside many other of our Excel Coaches.